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Guide to the Steven B. Smith "Photographs of the Suburban West" Exhibit Prints, 1995-2005

Summary

Collection contains twenty-six 16x20 inch black-and-white matted digital prints used in Smith's book, THE WEATHER AND A PLACE TO LIVE: PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SUBURBAN WEST, published by Duke University Press (2005). Subjects include tract housing in the West, construction sites, and other suburban landscapes that convey the impact of humans on the Western environment. His work received the First Book Prize for Photography by the Honickman Foundation and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Collection also includes CD of artist talk given by Steven Smith at the 2005 exhibit opening, "Steven Smith: Photographs of the Suburban West." Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11196
Title
Steven B. Smith "Photographs of the suburban West" exhibit prints
Date
1995-2005
Extent
3 Linear Feet, 2 boxes, 1 CD-ROM, 26 prints
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in English.

Collection Overview

Collection contains twenty-six 16x20 inch matted black-and-white digital prints exhibited at Duke University and used in Smith's book, THE WEATHER AND A PLACE TO LIVE: PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SUBURBAN WEST, published by Duke University Press (2005). Subjects include tract housing in the West, construction sites, and other suburban landscapes that convey the impact of humans on the Western environment. His work received the First Book Prize for Photography by the Honickman Foundation and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Collection also includes CD of artist talk given by Steven Smith at the 2005 exhibit opening, "Steven Smith: Photographs of the Suburban West." Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Arrangement

Prints are arranged in original order as received.

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Electronic files have been migrated to a library server and digital use copies must be requested through the collection guide and accessed in our reading room. Contact Research Services with questions.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. These images are to be used only for education, non-commercial purposes. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Steven B. Smith "Photographs of the suburban West" exhibit prints, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Landfill, Malibu, California, 1995
Box 1
Image 1
Washington, Utah, 1997
Box 1
Image 2
Castaic, California, 2001
Box 1
Image 3
Caltaic, California, 2000
Box 1
Image 4
North Ogden, Utah, 1999
Box 1
Image 5
Draper, Utah, 2004
Box 1
Image 6
Interstate 15, Lonely Peak, Sandy, Utah, 2000
Box 1
Image 7
La Mirada, California, 2003
Box 1
Image 8
Santa Clarita, California, 2000
Box 1
Image 9
Louisville, Colorado, 2000
Box 1
Image 10
Santa Clarita, California, 2000
Box 1
Image 11
Bloomington, Utah, 2000
Box 1
Image 12
St. George, Utah, 2003
Box 1
Image 13
View lots, Valencia, California, 2001
Box 2
Image 14
Las Vegas, Nevada, 1996
Box 2
Image 15
St. George, Utah, 1997
Box 2
Image 16
Home sites, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1996
Box 2
Image 17
Las Vegas, Nevada, 1996
Box 2
Image 18
Rental fence, Rancho Santa Margarita, California, 1995
Box 2
Image 19
Billboard, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1996
Box 2
Image 20
Mapleton, Utah, 1999
Box 2
Image 21
Backyard, Valencia, California, 1996
Box 2
Image 22
Draper, Utah, 2004
Box 2
Image 23
Draper, Utah, 1997
Box 2
Image 24
Surveryors' stakes, Valencia, California, 1996
Box 2
Image 25
Stevenson Ranch, California, 2000
Box 2
Image 26
Recording of artist's talk given at the exhibit opening "Steven Smith: Photographs of the Suburban West," on 10 November 2005 (CD-ROM)

Electronic files have been migrated to a library server and digital use copies must be requested through the collection guide and accessed in our reading room. Contact Research Services with questions.

One audio files (WAV format) extracted from optical disc; approximately 0.6 gigabytes.

Box 2

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Historical Note

Steven B. Smith is a photographer whose work chronicles the transition of the Western landscape into suburbia. For this work he was awarded the 2004 First Book Prize for Photography by the Honickman Foundation and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. His book, The Weather and a Place to Live: Photographs of the Suburban West, was published by Duke University Press in 2005. He has received numerous grand and awards, including Guggenheim, Kittredge and RISCA fellowships. His work has been widely exhibited and can be found in many public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Smith received a BFA from Utah State University and an MFA from Yale. He is a professor of photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2015, his second monograph, Waiting out the Latter Days, was published by TIS Press. [Source: Steven B. Smith website]


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Provenance

The Steven B. Smith "Photographs of the suburban West" exhibit prints were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Glynn, November 2008; encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, April 2015

Accession(s) represented in this collection guide: 2008-0061; 2009-0249